Members of the Crosland Moor Mothers' Union from St Barnabas' Church celebrated Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel last Sunday. The visiting Priest was the Rev Canon Stephen Henry, assisted during the Eucharist by server Andrea Rattigan. The readings were given by Nancy Jones. Afterwards due to alterations in the Parish Hall, the members held their monthly meeting in the church. The Branch Leader Joyce Holdsworth chaired a short meeting and then introduced the speaker Nicki SmithŠwho is a member of Lindley Methodist Church and who is a strong supporter of the issues resulting from Climate Change. She showed a power point presentation of a journey that she made in November 2009 to join demonstrations in London to coincide with the Copenhagen Climate Change conference in December 2009.ŠTheŠjourney took 30 days, because Nicki walked all the way. The films showed the different places en route between Huddersfield and London and some of theŠ interestingŠ people that she met. Joyce Rawlinson proposed a vote of thanks to Mrs Smith on behalf of all the members and the hostesses for the morning were, ElaineŠBroadley,ŠAlwyn Hallas and Margaret Morelli.
The Rev Canon Martin Crompton led the Parish Communion service at St John’s Church and was the celebrant. Andrea France gave the first reading from 1 Kings 19 vs 9-18, and the second reading from Romans 10, vs 5-15 was given by Sylvia Hanson. The Rev Harry Gwinett gave the Gospel reading from Matthew 14, verses 22-33,entitled Jesus Walks on Water, and based his address on the lessons that could be learnt from this story. Helen Davies led the prayers and the pianist was Margaret Laycock.
The family service at Providence Methodist Church was led by Mrs Liz Bishop on the theme Holidays. A short sketch I Will Give You Rest was given by Mr R Dearnley and Mr D Knight. Afterwards fellowship continued in the schoolroom. Refreshments were served by members of the choir.
The Rev Chris Thompson led worship at Golcar Baptist Church on Sunday and based his sermon of Nehemiah, chapter one. The Coffee Lounge will be open each Saturday from 10am-1pm serving light refreshments.
Lesley Baxter led an ‘Own Arrangement’ café-style service on Sunday at the Methodist Church. In preparation for the new Huddersfield Circuit and the new Methodist year in September, the congregation, working in groups around their tables, talked about change – new circuit, new superintendent, new district chairman and new time for morning service. With cues of pictures and words, they discussed together what they liked about worship, what they didn’t find helpful, suggestions they would like to make and ideas for future consideration.ŠMuch useful information came from these groups which will be passed to their minister. Worship leader Ed Archer-Siddall read the story of Joseph the Dreamer and the children made models of Joseph in his Technicolour dream coat. Peter Stead operated the AV.
On the seventh Sunday morning after Trinity at St Mark’s Church, the sung Eucharist Service was led by guest celebrant, the Rev Janet Sargent. The organist was Phil Turner, who together with the choir led the singing. Janet began by apologising for her sore throat, before proclaiming three sets of marriage banns for Matthew Richard Walker and Nicola Jayne Mellor and David Nixon and Francesca Marie Germain – for the third time – and Elisha Joel Matthew Eric Benjamin and Emma Jane Tattersall, for the first time of asking. The first hymn, Praise To The Lord, was followed by opening prayers and prayers of penitence and forgiveness. The Gloria was sung. Janet read The Collect and Bible readings, from Kings and Romans, were by Dorothy Heads and Janet Watson. The Gospel was read by the vicar who then delivered her sermon from the pulpit, rReferring to last week’s Gospel about the feeding of the 5,000. Continuing the story about trusting in the Lord, Janet explained how we should implement the idea of Trusting in The Lord. Intercession prayers were presented by Liz Malafronte. Sunday school, and their leaders, Joan, Kay and Charles joined the service in time to share The Peace. This was followed by Communion during which Janet was assisted by Chris Jones, as server. Before closing the service Janet chatted with the youngsters and Lotti and Grace told how they had discussed subjects of Bread, Fishes and Trust which were the Gospel subjects for the past two weeks. The service concluded with the hymn Tell Out My Soul and Janet gave the Blessing.
On Friday, August 5, Little People Praise had its monthly meeting. It was a time of praise and play for pre-school children and their carers. The theme was Pets and the children enjoyed the visits of some the Archer-Siddall pets. They also made collage pictures of pets in bed and enjoyed free play and refreshments. The next Little People Praise is on Friday, September 2 at 10am, when the theme will be BIG and small.
On Sunday, August 7, the service at the United Church Marsden was led by Peter Hirst, who also read from Psalms, Romans and Matthew; the overall theme was the need for prayer. The organist was Marjorie Boothroyd. Refreshments were served after the service by members of the congregation.
An All Age Service and Baptism was held at St. Bartholomew’s on Sunday. Alison Gibson led the service and welcomed the families and friends of the children to be baptised.Elizabeth Knight and Beth Corps read the lesson from Matthew 14 verses 22-33 - Jesus walks on the water. Simon Crook then gave an illustrated talk about being on a boat, how to get off the boat with encouragement, belief and prayer. Geoffrey Holroyd offered prayers of intercession. The Vicar, the Rev Geoff Garside baptised Rowan George, the son of Gavin and Jane Frieslaar, Daisy Ingrid, the daughter of Terry and Karin Lambert and Evie Min, the daughter of Josef and Clare Henstock. All were welcomed into God’s Family. Ian Hunt and Simon Crook provided the music. Sidesmen were Mary Horn, Joan Ladbrooke and Jean Pennington. Coffee was served in the hall by Jenni Mitchell, Susan Everill and Christine Garside. There followed a service of Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel.
Services continue on Tuesdays at 9.30am and church will stay open until 3pm for visitors.
At the Milnsbridge Christadelphians on Sunday, following a church tea, Kevin Waterhouse presided at the evening meeting. The talk entitled Today’s News And The Bible was given by Paul Rose.
At the Bible class on Wednesday evening Martin Spencer presided. Michael Grosvenor from Halifax Salterhebble gave the lecture, when his subject was Siloam.
On Sunday August 14 at 6pm the subject is Bible Teaching About A World In Crisis. On Wednesday August 17 at 7.30pm the subject will be Made Like Unto His Brethren. Visitors are most welcome to attend meetings and lectures.
Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning. Guest preacher was David Brook, Bible readers were Gill Ritchie and John Oldham and the organist was Kenneth Rothery. Coffee was served after the service by Audrey Holdsworth and Margart Noble.
A community breakfast will be held at Parkwood Methodist Church on Saturday, August 20, from 9.30am-noon.
Slaithwaite Good Companions were back after a short break, with 27 attending. Pauline Ayre started the proceedings together with Hilda Haigh, Pauline Gee, Wendy Blackburn and Maureen Weaving and a humorous sketch. Then Pauline and Maureen gave an afternoon of local dialect poems that really entertained members – a good start to a new season. They were thanked by Hilda Haigh and Pauline was the pianist.
St James Parish Church family service was led by the Rev Robin Townsend. The lessons from Matthew chapter 14 verses 22-23 – Jesus Walks on Water – was read by Peter Gilbert. Rev Robin’s address was based on this parable and the miracles and when we are afraid we are to put our faith and trust in Jesus. Prayers were also led by the Rev Robin. The organist was Rodney Pearson. After the coffee break a short service of Holy Communion was celebrated.
Women’s Fellowship held their first meeting after their holiday break. Maureen Weaving was in the chair and led prayers. She introduced Mrs Yvonne Grange who gave a slide presentation of two holidays she and her late husband Allan had spent in Norway. Birthday greetings were sung for Sheila and tea and cake were served by the rota ladies.
Sunday morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by the Minister, Rev Jo Archer-Siddal. Wendy Redfearn read from Romans chapter 10 and it was words from this reading that the Rev Jo based her sermon – that we say with our lips what we believe in our hearts that Jesus died for us and God raised him from the dead. The service included Holy Communion and Rachel Wybrew was the accompanist for the hymns.
Wendy Blackburn led the Bible study group on Monday evening. Members read jointly Matthew chapter 4 and then discussed Jesus’s Temptation in the Wilderness, when he began his work in Galilee and the calling of the four fisherman and how they might have responded to such situations.